Russell Wilson and his fellow Seahawks Pro Bowlers were highly sought after in Wednesday's NFL Pro Bowl draft.

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It doesn’t feel like that long ago when Russell Wilson was an afterthought. In April 2012, the 5-foot-11 quarterback out of Wisconsin saw 74 players selected in the NFL draft before getting a call from the Seahawks.

When breaking into the NFL, a Pro Bowl bid seemed like a reach. Wilson was a Pro Bowl selection his first two seasons and has since appeared in two Super Bowls, winning one.

Wilson earned more respect Wednesday was he selected first overall during the Pro Bowl draft in Hawaii. Hall of Famer Michael Irvin picked Wilson for his team. Vindication? Maybe not. But it’s clear the Seahawks quarterback has become one of the league’s biggest and brightest stars.

Speaking of stars, Wilson will be joined by fellow Seahawks Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett on Team Irvin, who were selected fifth and ninth, respectively.


Bobby Wagner and Tyler Lockett round out the Seahawks Pro Bowl selections, while Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas both opted to not play in Sunday’s game because of injuries.